I want to start off by wishing everyone a Happy New Year and by welcoming the incoming DPT class of 2016 and PA class of 2015! In just two short days, the 2nd year students will embark on their first clinical rotation, while the 3rd year students will return to the Francis Center as the minority amidst new faces comprised of 1st year PT students and 1st year PA students.
The New Year is certainly a time for new beginnings, and if you’re like the 45 percent of Americans who usually make New Year’s resolutions, then you’re not alone! As a matter of fact, many of us may accomplish a few of the top 10 New Year’s Resolutions of 2014 (or are already doing them,) by simply being students at Elon! For example, the #2 New Year’s resolution for 2014, is to Get Organized. If we aren’t already organized, the second half of this module is sure to motivate us to become more organized as we continue to balance the many classes we are currently enrolled in! Resolution #5 will certainly be accomplished by all PT students at Elon, as occurs almost daily in our lives. Can you guess what it is? If you guessed, Learn Something Exciting, as the 5th New Year’s resolution of 2014, then you’re correct! I have a feeling this resolution will be accomplished our first day back to class! The 8th Resolution in the Top 10 list is another that we do regularly; this is one that we often do and may not realize we’re doing it! We Help Others in Their Dreamsas we work together in groups, support one another in and out of the classroom, and build friendships that last long beyond our days as PT students.
While the three resolutions listed above may not have been one of your New Year’s resolutions this year, I do have good news for the majority of my classmates (unfortunately, this does not include me)! Statistics show that 39 percent of people in their twenties are successful in keeping their resolutions each year compared to only 14 percent of people over age 50. Also, as physical therapy students we are taught to make such things as our documentation and our patient’s goals to be detailed and specific. As PT students, this is yet another advantage for us, because: “People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.”
I’d say, that as PT students and future PTs, we have a lot going for us. We’ve been working hard and have come a long way since that first day, two years ago, when we began our adventure as the class of 2014. I have faith that each one of us, through hard work and perseverance, will achieve our resolutions and reach our goals this year!